Thumbs up in lights and hooray for Sandusky-wood. That's, what, two movies shot and premiering here in Sandusky? OK, so monster movies, one from Mars, probably aren't the talk of Cannes, but this is about local people getting involved in fun, quirky things that put Sandusky in the spotlight. Generally, Sandusky's in the spotlight whenever someone does something horrible or foolish; this is about people getting together to have fun.
Thumbs UP for Cheyenne Sims, who wants to dance her way into her family's history. The Briar Middle School sixth-grader turned an interest in dance into an all-consuming trek through the history of Native American culture. In so doing, she's almost certainly the only female practitioner of the traditional hoop dance in Ohio. If that's not amazing enough, the descendant of the North Carolina Lumbee tribe developed and nurtured the interest on her own, overcoming some family and cultural resistance to women performing the hoop dance. Now her family's 100 percent behind her and she carries her history into the future with her dance.
Thumbs UP for the local candidates who took part in our online Q&A Live political chats, and to the people who logged in to ask questions. Barb Johnson and Bill Kimberlin for Clerk of Courts, David Mulvin and Mike Printy for the Republican nomination for Erie County Commissioner, and Linda Miller-Moore and Pat Shenigo for the Democratic nomination. We hope the chats helped you make up your mind when you go to vote March 4. And Hillary? Barack? John? That invitation's still open.